Category Archives: Solo Taxonomy explanations

Bloggers and / or authors explanation of how Solo Taxonomy operates.

EdchatNZ inaugural meeting 8 and 9 August 2014

Twitter is a wonder, last Thursday and Friday evenings and late into the night I sat up in the UK and followed tweets from Hobsonville Point (@HPSS) in Auckland, New Zealand. They were hosting a first time face to face (some twitter speak is nonsensical) meeting for NZ educators. I had heard about it through a few twitter sources including Steve Mouldey (@GeoMouldey) who I have tweeted with for a while and seen the new developments as Hobsonville Point has developed as a new school.

They included challenges for participants including presenters, some of which had been used by The GeoCollective at the Geographical Association conference 2014 in Guildford, UK. My favourites were the presenters “dance” challenges which I had embraced wholeheartedly and led 60 geographers dancing to start my own Easter workshop, anyway I digress.

The Saturday workshops included Pam Hook (@arti_choke) presenting about Solo taxonomy in the primary and secondary schools. If you read this blog I am sure that you have come across Pam’s work and HookEd site. This was the closest I have ever been to participating in / hearing Pam live. Nuances of presentations are missed being on the other side of the world, but very gratifying to feel included, to renew acquaintances and make new friends.




Keep an eye out for such events around the globe and then send a post to share it with our network. All links for EdChatNZ appreciated.


Hijacking someone else’s cpd

Not a violent or aggressive hijacking,but being cheeky, assertive, taking the opportunities offered. Today I attended a day about how Canons High School, Edgware, have developed their surplus model through the use of pedagogy leaders.

I have previously met members of the team  through PedagooLondon 2013, Teachmeet Collaborate in Sept, and twitter. I know that Solo taxonomy has been one aspect that they are developing. Today I got an opportunity to see lessons in progress and talk about solo and @globalsolo. Already having returned home I have passed on recommended links discussed today Рthis is exactly why I started the network idea.

BETT2014 visit blog link

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BETT2014 visit blog link

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Rather than write separate posts under different blogs I am linking from here to my personal blog because my visit on Friday was for a number of reasons. If you don’t enjoy the diary / travelogue approach, please avoid these posts.

Globalsolo starts some poster ideas

In discussion through the twitter account (@globalsolo) @aliceleung was seeking a poster suitable for A2 or A3 printing to use. This got me thinking. Using the Grafio app on my iPad I designed an initial poster and then a modified version based on feedback from members of the network. The images are available as .jpeg or .png formats and can be emailed to members of the network. When I have set up a collaborative folder on our Box account they can also be available there.

All feedback welcomed the posters use hexagons rather than the symbols from Pam Hook, which are most commonly used (@arti_choke).


Ideas to present about solo taxonomy in joint workshop, June 2014

I am very lucky to have been given a place jointly presenting with Andy Day (@Andyphilipday) at Northern rocks 2014. We will be delivering on Solo taxonomy, which we are both keen advocates of, as well as representing the 50+ age band in teaching. I want to use a representative sample of examples of using solo across our member countries. The workshop needs to inc. some presenter led input but the more hands on using the taxonomy,the more I believe we will convince others of its worth.

What I seek are examples of activities used when introducing educators to solo and also moving learners from multistructural to relational and extended abstract. I would like to represent uses in primary,secondary and university education.

Please suggest links,sites, blog posts so I can gather a range of materials.

Many thanks

Andy Knill (@aknill)